Staff member: ‘I knew I had to hide’

2009-04-16 00:00

Eyewitness Vee Singh, a Shoprite employee and the sister of ANC MP Omie Singh, said that she had just returned from her lunch break when she heard her colleagues scream for help.

“I just saw everyone running up the stairs. I heard the shots and knew I had to hide somewhere,” she said.

Singh said that the staff and a few customers locked themselves in the canteen while the robbers were downstairs.

“At this stage, Krish was still downstairs trying to get everyone to safety. We all thought that the robbers were going to shoot us,” she said.

Singh said the men ran up the stairs to escape via the top exit, but they were confronted by the police and shots were fired.

“They banged a metal gate to escape but they couldn’t. We then heard gunshots. Everybody started screaming because we all though we were going to die,” she said.

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